South African Garden and Home - - Uncommon Plants -

Brug­man­sia (moon­flower) emits its heady per­fume in the evening. Its mul­ti­tude of 25cm-long, trum­pet-shaped blooms, although poi­sonous, are breath­tak­ing. It’s a quick­grow­ing shrub, reach­ing up to 3m high with a 2m spread, and with the right care, flow­ers from early sum­mer through to au­tumn. It’s na­tive to the An­des re­gions of South Amer­ica.

Grow­ing tips: Plant in light, fer­tile well-drained soil in a po­si­tion that re­ceives early morn­ing sun and shade for the rest of the day. It needs to be shel­tered from the wind. It should be fer­tilised or com­posted reg­u­larly dur­ing the grow­ing sea­son. Wa­ter reg­u­larly and deeply, es­pe­cially when flow­er­ing and in hot weather. It can be trimmed to grow as a dense, round shrub. It grows best in frost-free ar­eas or where there is only light frost. In very cold ar­eas, grow it in a con­tainer that can be shel­tered in win­ter.

What Leoné likes: “If you plant them near win­dows, a pa­tio or a path­way you can en­joy the heav­enly scent and gor­geous flow­ers.” As they feel the heat, she plants hers in sem­ishade and wa­ters those in the sun more of­ten.

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